Sunday, March 23, 2014

Coming Exhibition: Christo Brock, Elsie Dye Sims, Kamil Vojnar

March 25 - April 19, 2014

Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 29, 5-8 p.m.

Artist Talk:
Saturday, April 12, 3 p.m.

Euphonious Eye, Christo Brock
Christo Brock, City / State, 2013 
Photograph on Aluminum 20 x 30 in
Christo Brock’s latest body of photography continues to explore detail in everyday settings. Elegant compositions emerge from macroscopic studies of both manmade and natural landscapes, and the everyday is rendered sublime through subtle use of color and digital paint. Brock zeros in on both color and form to create abstract images separate from his subjects’ original identities. From the languid bend of octopus tentacles to rusted industrial pipes, Brock uses a simple visual vocabulary of color, line, and shape to confront viewers on a visceral level. “I'm drawn to images on an intuitive and emotional level,” says Brock. I trust this reaction to inform what to capture, and, at times, enhance.” Brock adds another dimension to his work by printing his images on metal - further enhancing the bold color and luminosity within his photographs to physically reflect light. The intersection of man and nature is a recurring motif for Brock, as his images depict how the two environments both collide and intermingle in the 21st century.

Coastal Continuum II, Elsie Dye Sims

Elsie Dye Sims, Windswept, 2014 
Hand Colored Woodcut 39.5 x 34 in., ed 1/10
Nature’s cycle is at the root of Elsie Dye Sims’ detailed woodcut designs. The rhythmic ebb and flow of ocean waves, wind-blown flora and fauna are translated into powerful lines and gestural strokes as Sims’ coastal environments take on a bold sense of character. “My attention is drawn to the things in nature and our coast that exemplify the beauty that is found in the process of change,” says Sims. “The refinement and energy that occurs in the midst of wind and weather, the signs of time and transformation, are most compelling to me.” Unlike traditional black and white woodcut techniques, Sims individualizes each of her expressive compositions with color after printing the woodcuts. Her current series of such a large-scale medium convey the energy of the outdoors with a keen attention to the natural nuances of color and texture of the west coast.

Elsewhere, Kamil Vojnar
Kamil Vojnar, Beautiful, 2013 Mixed Media 36 x 36 in.
Ethereal figures inhabit the transcendental environments of Kamil Vojnar’s latest exhibition, “Elsewhere.” Like the fringes of a dream, the artist strips his images of any identifiable time or place, while also providing a sense of emotional familiarity. Religious iconography, flower petals, mechanisms of flight and wings resurface in Vojnar’s current work. “Sometimes there are wings. But those who carry them, they are no angels,” says Vojnar. “They just want to be free. (A) pair of wings is like a passport to get away.” Vojnar’s compositions begin with digitally layered photographs printed on various thin, Japanese papers which are then adhered to canvas or wood. Other images stand alone, printed on heavy art paper. Droplets of wax and oil paint add a tangible dimension to the artist’s photography while simultaneously emphasizing nuances of color and shadow. Vojnar’s subjects evoke an equal sense of mystery and spiritual contemplation in a modern era of uncertainties.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Coming Exhibition: Don Adler, Brigitte Schobert, Betty Sheinbaum

Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 1, 5-8 p.m

Artist Talk:
Saturday, March 15, 3 p.m

Don Adler, Romance the Stone

Don Adler, Love Seat, Marble 10 x 19 x 12in
In his latest exhibition, sculptor Don Adler celebrates the romance between artist and media. Transitioning from previous smaller scale works to larger, organic compositions, Adler continuesto explore rich, multidimensional colors in his sculptures. Contrasting use of light and dark, negative space and positive volume, Adler expressively illustrates the emotion and physicality of his sculptural process. “Each creation is meant to draw the viewer into the work,” says Adler. “Then, contrary to many prohibitions, [I want to] encourage the observer to make both visual andtactile contact to experience the sensuality and power generated.” Adler’s abstract forms are enhanced by a range of color - from subtle pink and veined amber marble to black Belgian marble. Fusing natural stone with a dexterous carving technique, Adler’s sensitive attention to detail highlights the individual character of each stone piece.

Brigitte Schobert, Reflections
Brigitte Schobert, Untitled 180, Oil on Paper 20 x 24in
Brigitte Schobert’s series Reflections features a new body of vibrant works on paper and canvas inspired by her travels abroad. Drawing from memories of intricately decorated homes, colorful clothing, flowers and food from the Mediterranean, India, Indonesia and Mexico, Schobert intuitively weaves her experiences into her abstract imagery. Her bold color palette engages the senses, mimicking the rich impression that these cultures had on her own. Schobert meticulously layers oil paints using an etching press and a transfer process from plexiglass plates to create multidimensional works on paper. Her acrylic work on canvas exhibits a close attention to texture as she applies fabrics, tissue paper, and even sand to the surface before adding multiple translucent layers of paint to the canvas to create a sense of depth. Gestural strokes and shapes emerge from colorful environments as each work conveys individually emotive sensations.

Betty Sheinbaum, Relax and Play
Betty Sheinbaum, Ben and Boys, AcrylicOnCanvas, 16 x 20in
Betty Sheinbaum’s current series, Relax and Play features acrylic portrait studies of people at leisure. Sheinbaum continues to explore light and form through her subjects - people and pets in public spaces, caught in unassuming, candid moments. Using flat, geometric shapes and large fields of bold color, the artist creates shallow space, forcing her figures into the foreground. The immediacy of Sheinbaum’s technique captures fleeting moments in time as her swift, visible brushstrokes highlight leafy park scenes and outdoor escapes. Sheinbaum’s playfully colorful scenes portray a keen eye for the attitude and personality of her Los Angeles subjects, while sharing a relateable viewpoint with her audience - that of the observer.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Brushes Meets Beats Closing Party at TAG February 22

A night of free jazz and wine tasting!

Saturday, February 22, 7:30 - 9pm

The Jazz by Dan Radlauer and "Forte Jazz"
The wine by vintner Kevin Jussila and Kukkula Winery.
The art by Alain G. Rogier and Fielden Harper

7:30 to 8:00 -
View the art, taste the wine, meet the artist Alain G. Rogier, the musicians, and the Vintner all with a "Wine Set" in the background by Forte Jazz

8:00 to 8:45 -
Grab a seat and enjoy a set of Original Jazz and new interpretations of Jazz Standards.

8:45 to 9:00 -
Small talk, flirting, networking etc.

Forte Jazz:
Dan Radlauer - Keyboards,
Scott Roewe - Woodwinds
Ian Martin - Bass
Ruben Radlauer - Drums